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Hurricanes, Tsunamis, and Flooding - Weather can affect agriculture in many, many different ways. From tornadoes, to tsunamis, to floods, any type of weather can and will affect agriculture. When agriculture is affected by weather conditions, not only are the crops affected, but so are the people who grow and consume them. If you think about it, that is pretty much everyone. So no matter what severe weather condition it is, everyone is going to be affected by it in some way. Hurricanes, also known as tropical cyclones, are tropical storms that can last for two or more weeks....   [tags: tsunamis, tornatoes, hurricanes]
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Physics of Tsunamis - Physics of Tsunamis This paper will discuss the physics and warning systems of tsunamis, a destructive wave force that researchers have been studying for many years. Tsunamis are different than tides or surface waves because undersea earthquakes, instead of winds or the gravitational pull of the moon or sun, generate them. They can reach speeds of up to 700 kilometers per hour but can be undetected until they reach shallow water, then unexpectedly arise as deadly waves. Tsunamis evolve from three physical processes, which are generation, propagation, and inundation of dry land....   [tags: Tsunamis Weather Essays]
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Tsunamis - Tsunamis Table of Contents     1 Introduction:     2 Impact to human life:     3 Impact to Non-human life:     4 Impact to the Environment:     7 Impact to the Economy:     8 American Red Cross Assistance:     9 Conclusion:     13 Bibliography:     14 Introduction: A massive Tsunami (Japanese for “Harbor wave”) had hit southern Asia the day after Christmas 2004. The cause of the Tsunami was an offshore earthquake that results in the tectonic plates being displaced and the creation of a vertical shift in the ocean floor....   [tags: Tsunamis Natural Disasters Nature Essays]
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Physics of Tsunamis - Tsunamis are waves, or series of waves, created by a disturbance in the ocean. Most of the time this disturbance is by an earthquake but can be from meteorites, landslides, or even explosions. They are sometimes known as tidal waves but this is a misnomer because tsunamis have nothing to do with tides. While tsunamis are feared particularly in light of the December 26th tsunami, the physics behind them is fascinating. One the largest tsunamis in recent history was the Cascadia tsunami in 1700. This occured when two continental plates (stretching from Vancouver to California) slipped causing a 9.0 magnitude earthquake....   [tags: physics tsunami] 974 words
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History and Scientific Understanding of Tsunamis - Tsunamis are one of the most dangerous natural disasters known to mankind that cause devastating effects on society. Despite the fact that tsunamis are not frequent phenomena, it causes huge causalities once it occurs. The number of deaths could reach 420 thousand a year, accompanied by the destruction of many costal residences. But despite the fact that tsunami damages are inevitable, it can be reduced. The word tsunami was originated from the Japanese words “Tsu” meaning “harbor”, and “Nami” meaning “wave”....   [tags: Coastal Issues, Wave Energy]
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Tsunamis - Environmental Science Tsunamis A tsunami (soo-NAH-mee) is a series of waves that occur in an ocean or other large body of water and that are caused by some activity that displaces big amounts of water. Tsunami is the Japanese word for "harbor wave." Earthquakes that occur on the seafloor or in coastal areas usually cause tsunamis. The energy generated by the earthquake is transmitted through the water. In deep oceans the energy in these seismic sea waves can travel virtually unnoticed because the wave height may be only twelve inches....   [tags: essays research papers] 1121 words
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God and Tsunamis - Argument: Premises: 1.God exists, is omnipotent, omniscient, and wholly good 2.The tsunami caused people to suffer 3.An omniscient and omnipotent good being prevents any suffering that it can properly eliminate(that is, eliminate any suffering without eliminating an outweighing good or bringing about a greater evil)that it knows about 4.An omnipotent being has the power to prevent anything 5.An omniscient being is all knowing 6.The tsunami did not bring about good ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Conclusion: God should have prevented the tsunami The premises...   [tags: Philosophy, Argumentative, Natural Disasters] 320 words
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Indonesia an Island Nation, No Stranger to Disastrous Earthquakes - The country of Indonesia has been the heart of many natural disasters, primarily due to the geographic proximity to large bodies of water. Tsunamis and typhoons are frequent, as well as, small-scale to large-scale mega thrust earthquakes which results from several extremely active subduction zones. Several active subduction zones are found there, the Indian-Australian plate moving beneath the Eurasian plate, moving at a rate of about 50-70 mm per year as well as, the Pacific plate moving beneath the Eurasian plate, moving at a rate of about 100- 110 mm per year....   [tags: Tsunamis and typhoons, java]
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The Earth's Natural Disasters - ... When a tornado is present, one should immediately go to a basement or an inner room that contains no windows. An underground room is always safest, however if none are available, going to the lowest and most stable room is always the best substitute. In one is outside while a tornado is approaching, it is best for them to get to the nearest car, shelter, or stable room immediately. These are all important cautions to take when tornadoes strike and if followed appropriately, could save lives....   [tags: tornatoes, tsunamis, earthquakes]
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The Cause and Effect of the Tsunami in Thailand in 2004 - The Cause and Effect of the Tsunami in Thailand in 2004 The tsunami in Thailand that occurred on December 26, 2004, was by far the largest tsunami catastrophe in human history. It was triggered by a magnitude 9.1-9.3 earthquake along the Indian-Australian subduction zone off the northern coast of Sumatra. The tsunami waves traveled primarily in the east to west direction and caused major damage along the coasts of southern Thailand. Unpredictably, it was a violent earthquake beneath the sea that initiated the massive waves and struck more than a dozen countries in Southern Asia....   [tags: Natural Disaster, Tsunami] 2123 words
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Tsunami - Tsunamis, commonly called tidal waves by the general public, are large sea waves or surges. These waves can carry a lot of energy from one side of the globe to the other, reeking havoc where ever they make landfall, and as shown by the December 26, 2004 SE Asian event, tsunami's can claim thousands of lives and cause millions of dollars worth of damage to property. * Many people picture large, breaking waves when they hear the word tsunami. This is usually not the case, however. * Most tsunamis make landfall as little more than a gigantic surge, as if the tide just moved in way too far way too fast....   [tags: physics tsunami] 693 words
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Consequences of the Tsunami in Japan 2011 - 1896, Sanriku, Japan: A magnitude 7.6 earthquake rattled Japan, killing more than 26,360 people. In Tangshan, China, 1976, a magnitude 8.0 tsunami killed more than 255,000 people. 2004: The Indian Ocean experienced a 9.0 tsunami, its destruction killing more than 350,000 people. Just last year, Haiti lost 222,570 inhabitants because of a 7.0 earthquake (Brunner and Rowen 1), leaving the country in more trouble than they can dig themselves out of. Earthquakes can be predictable, and unpredictable....   [tags: natural disasters, tsunami, earthquake]
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American Tsunami: Are we Next? - American’s Tsunami, Are we Next. The word tsunami comes from a Japanese word meaning “Long harbor waives”. Tsunami is much known and very common in Japan because thousands of Japanese have been killed and some suffered in recent centuries. Tsunami waves generally speaking cause a lot of damages such as, killing people, destroying building, and costing million of dollars. Moreover, a tsunami is a series of great sea waves caused by an underwater earthquake, landslide, or volcanic eruption. The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake that is located on epicenter off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, is actually one of the worst disasters in the history of Indian Ocean that generated by the most powe...   [tags: Earth Science] 541 words
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Tsunami Hazards And Mitigation In Canada - Introduction Tsunamis are not very common natural disasters, but the fact that they can occur without warning makes it worth to try and find out what are the hazards associated with them. This paper will try to first define tsunamis, determine what are the hazards associated with them (especially in Canada) and give some examples of mitigation that can be used to prevent life loss during tsunamis. What is a Tsunami. Tsunamis are series of waves, generated by earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, explosions, or even impact of cosmic bodies, that travel across the ocean and have extremely long wavelengths....   [tags: Natural Disaster Canada] 1238 words
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Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami: Operation Tomodachi - “On March 11, 2011 at 11:46 pm CST Japan was hit with an earthquake of 9.0 magnitude, followed by a tsunami shortly afterward. This earthquake and subsequent tsunami is known today as the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The epicenter was located 80 miles east of Sendai, the capital of Miyagi Prefecture, and 231 miles northeast of Tokyo.” This is how most stories of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami are started. This intro is short, professional, to the point, and really speaks to how those who responded during operation Tomodachi carried out their mission....   [tags: fukushima plant, disaster]
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A Tsunami in Santa Cruz - A Tsunami in Santa Cruz Out of all the natural disasters that we talk about in class, the most deadly would have to be a Tsunami. Compared to earthquakes, Tsunamis have cause more deaths since 1945. A Tsunami is likely to strike anywhere on the west coast, including Santa Cruz in California – United States – North America – 36:58:24N 122:02:09W. A Tsunami is a giant “wave” of water that is caused by a sudden shift in the sea floor. The wave is a result of the water attempting to regain its equilibrium, which is driven by gravity....   [tags: Papers] 464 words
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Tsunami disaster, implication on economy - TSUNAMI DISASTER, WHAT IMPLICATION ON ECONOMIC SYSTEM IN THIS REGION. We view with awe a release of power on this scale. We know that this power is greater than that of our species — nature holds us in its hands. We may be able to mitigate some of the consequences; in some cases we may be able to give advance warning of the threat; but we are not in control; the tsunami has demonstrated this ancient truth. William Rees-Mogg INTRODUCTION 1. On the morning of December 26, 2004 a magnitude 9.3 earthquake struck off the Northwest coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Tsunami - Tsunami A tsunami is a large water wave that is generated by sesmic activity in or underlying layers known as faults. These enormous wave have historically affected many ways of life and still lie as a major factor for destruction in our coastal communities throughout the world. A tsunami is a wave chain or series of waves that is generated in a body of water by sea disturbance that vertically displaces the water. Earthquakes, landslides, volcanic activity and even cosmic materials can generate tsunamis and or tidal waves....   [tags: Papers] 334 words
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Devastated Asia - Tsunami Attack - (Based on the December 26th attack) What Are Tsunamis, and What Causes Them. Tsunamis are ocean waves produced by earthquakes or underwater landslides. The word is Japanese and means "harbor wave," because of the devastating effects these waves have had on low-lying Japanese coastal communities. A tsunami is a series of waves that can travel at speeds averaging 450 (and up to 600) miles per hour in the open ocean. As the waves approach the coast, their speed decreases and their amplitude increases....   [tags: essays research papers] 695 words
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Tsunami Disaster - When the tsunami disaster occurred, the whole world felt the devastation. People from all over the world offered their support and sent money to help victims. Their helping hands were appreciated by thousands and blessed the hearts of families. Instead of saying that different parts of the world should deal with their own problems, everyone made other countries problems their own. The tsunami caused astronomical numbers of damage towards the United States. This massive impact of the tsunami was attributed by devastating earthquakes, debris flowing through landslides, and lava erupting volcanoes....   [tags: essays research papers] 367 words
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Tsunami - I think that every author has a purpose and reason behind there writing. Most of it was to make aware of the catastrophe, damage and affect that the tsunami and earthquake had on the nations that it hit. Also some of the information in the articles was to make aware of the efforts other nations were doing to help those affected. Other articles explained the origin of such catastrophes. For example, one article explains how many years of built up strain on 2 faults in the, what is known as the Sumatra Subduction Zone, suddenly slipped past each other creating an earthquake....   [tags: essays research papers] 630 words
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The Macro-Economic Consequences Of The Tsunami In South-Eastern Asia - The Macro-Economic Consequences Of The Tsunami In South-Eastern Asia During the course of this essay I will illustrate the macro-economic consequences of the catastrophic tsunami that hit South-Eastern Asian coastlines in December 2004. The Indian Ocean earthquake was an undersea earthquake that occurred on December 26, 2004. The earthquake generated a tsunami that was among the deadliest disasters in modern history. At a magnitude of 9.0, it was the largest earthquake since 1964. The earthquake originated in the Indian Ocean, off the western coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia....   [tags: Ecomonics Economy Tsunami Essays] 1668 words
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Fishing and the Villages of Southern Sri Lanka: A Case Study - ... Sri Lanka was torn apart by a civil war in the 1980’s and 1990’s between the majority Sinhalese, and the minority Tamills (Yamada, et al., 2006, p. 39). These struggles have resulted in a steep rise in the scope and severity or armed conflicts and violence since the middle of 2006. Governance failures exacerbated by these armed conflicts have continued to feed social tensions in the south and throughout Sri Lanka’s fishing industry Arunatilake, et al., 2014). The limited supply of fish and increased cost of material and service resulting from the conflicts has raised the cost of production, processing and upgrading (Arunatilake, et al., 2014)....   [tags: tsunami, mainstay industy, government]
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The Tsunami Disaster - The Tsunami Disaster At 0059 GMT on 26 December 2004, a magnitude 9.3 earthquake ripped apart the seafloor off the coast of northwest Sumatra. Over 100 years of accumulated stress was released in the second biggest earthquake in recorded history. It unleashed a devastating tsunami that travelled thousands of kilometres across the Indian Ocean, taking the lives of nearly 300,000 people in countries as far apart as Indonesia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Somalia....   [tags: Papers] 876 words
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Australia and the World Tsunami Essay - Australia & The World Tsunami essay The 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in the Asian region was a devastating event for the Region and the World alike and will go down in history as one of the worst widespread events the World has seen in recent years. In Australia it also had a great significance not only for the devastating Australian lives lost at such a significant time of year (Christmas) but also for the immediate and massive aid in which Australia provided proving its close ties with South East Asia and more specifically a closer relationship with Indonesia due to its significant share of that aid given to the region....   [tags: World History] 1191 words
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Japan's Economic Efforts After the Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 - ... Why is this a disadvantage. The inbound and outbound markets of Japan are specifically China and South Korea. The decline of tourist’s arrivals and departures were present in late 2012, the cause “territorial disputes” (Euromonitor, 2013). This is a threat as seen in the SWOT matrix. One defensive strategy is to market Japan in outside market. Euromonitor suggests that this would maintain “Japan’s inbound tourism” (Euromonitor, 2013). Marketing Campaign “Visit Japan” With the new emerging inbound tourists in mind, the number of trips in 2012 reached 8 million (Euromonitor, 2013)....   [tags: south east region, natural disaster]
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Sumartran Tsunami - On December 26, 2004 a wave of destruction hit the coasts along the Indian Ocean, affecting lives all over the world. Not only did this disaster bring about a world wide relief effort, but caused a reevaluation of the lack of warning systems in place for many regions threatened by seismic activity and potential devastating coastal impact of seafloor earthquakes. Six months later, information abounds in text, television, and periodicals for any lay person to research. The diversity of perspective is another matter....   [tags: essays research papers] 1475 words
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Analysis of Charles Walker's Earthquake: Shaky Colonialism - Earthquake: a series of vibrations induced in the earth’s crust by the abrupt rupture and rebound of rocks in which elastic strain has been slowly accumulating; something that is severely disruptive; upheaval (Shravan). Tsunami: an unusually large sea wave produced by a seaquake or undersea volcanic eruption (Shravan). Combine these two catastrophic natural disasters, and it will be a day that will forever live in infamy through terror; a day much like that of October 28, 1746 in Lima, Peru in which an entire city was destroyed within mere minutes....   [tags: natural disaster, tsunami, Peru]
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The Tsunami - The tides came crashing through, eliminating everything that came in their way. We were like little ants scurrying around looking for our home, a shelter, anything that would protect us from the savage tide that wanted to wipe us off of the face of the earth. It was too late for the people on the beach; they had already been taken prisoner, drowned forever in their tears of sorrow and fear. It didn’t feel like it would be much longer before I was shackled and chained up as well....   [tags: Creative Writing Essays] 1797 words
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Nuclear Power Plants and Earthquakes: Fukushima - Nuclear Chemistry Project - Fukushima There are too few precautions that are taken when considering Nuclear Power plants and the dangers involved. People trust the regulations too easily. Some systems fail; there needs to be more safety features and backup systems/plans that are checked more regularly. Nuclear power is made by a nucleus absorbing a neutron. It then splits into nuclei that are lighter than the original nucleus. This process emits large amounts of energy in the form of heat. Fuel rods are long slender rods of zirconium that provides the reactor with fuel....   [tags: nuclear power, Tsunami, Japan]
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The Fukushima Nuclear Power - ... Although the operator was aware of the need of structural reinforcement the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) delegated the responsibility of this to TEPCO who failed to take any protective measures. The operator was aware that the possibility of a blackout and the risk it represented, as well as the possible losses of the seawater pumps in case of a tsunami larger than assumed. In order to guarantee the safety of nuclear installations, and independent unbiased governmental body should take care that the operators act in accordance to the regulations, putting in front the public health to economic interest....   [tags: natural disaster, earthquake, tsunami]
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Earthquake in Japan - The death toll climbs to over 10,000 and is still rising (Branigan 2). The disaster in Japan began without warning on Friday March 11, 2011 at 2:46pm with a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, the strongest ever recorded in the country (Fackler 3). A massive thirty-three foot high tsunami, generated by the earthquake, swept over lands in northern Japan, taking objects and debris with it. To make matters worse, the tsunami caused the cooling systems at several nuclear power plants to fail. The disaster in Japan was a tragic event, and it had a plethora of causes and effects....   [tags: Natural Disasters, Tsunami] 726 words
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Japan, After the Tragedy of the Great East Japan Earthquake - Devastation struck Japan on March 11, 2011 when the main island, Honshu, was rocked by the worst earthquake in the country’s history. According the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake, named the Great East Japan Earthquake, was so severe it shifted the earth’s axis by 10 cm and the jolt of the earth’s crust triggered a tsunami of epic proportion. Carrying a wall of water over 10 meters high and massive enough to been seen by the International Space Station, the tsunami claimed more lives than the earthquake itself....   [tags: Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami, Hiroshima] 744 words
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There Should Have Been a Warning - Tsunamis are rare in the Indian Ocean, which has no system for detecting then and alerting those in danger. Scientists do not have the equipment to tell when an earthquake has created a tsunami. The first notice of the earthquake that anyone at the Pacific Tsunami Center received was a computer-generated image set off by seismic sensors at 2:59 p.m. on Saturday. Hawaii has warning sirens, and the weather radio network of oceanographic administration to carry tsunami warnings. Any country that has experienced a tsunami recently or that may be hit by one need some kind of warning system to protect their people....   [tags: essays research papers] 452 words
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The Effects of the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant on the Environment - ... They look at the biodiversity in the area and study the birds, fish, and plants surrounding the contaminated plant. The most effective way to study the harmful consequences of the power plant radiation is to look for impacts on the aviation population and their reproduction habits. Scientists studied the impacts that radiation has on birds at the Fukushima site and found that the total bird population in the surrounding area was reduced by 30% more than previously predicted. This is double the shrinkage of population than the studies done at the Chernobyl accident, and the fertility of the male birds has also been diminished....   [tags: earthquake, nuclear power, japan]
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Recovering From a Natural Disaster - Natural Disasters can occur anywhere at anytime. Some are more predictable than others, but they all bring hardship to everyone’s life. Examples of natural disasters are Earthquakes (Haiti 2010), Tornadoes, Tsunami, Hurricanes, Wild Fires, Winter Storms, Heat waves, Mudslides and Floods. Regardless of what kind of disaster occurs, bottom line, everyone needs to be prepared mentally and physically to deal with the aftermath. Education is the first step to prepare you to deal with any major disaster....   [tags: Natural Disasters] 1316 words
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Exploring Why Some Hazards Are Easier to Predict Than Others - Exploring Why Some Hazards Are Easier to Predict Than Others For my essay I will looking at different case studies and reasons why it appears that some hazards are easier to predict then others. There were 497 reported natural hazards that took a significant human toll - between 1974 and 1978. The last five years have seen 1,897 of them, a nearly three fold increase. Between 1974 and 1978, 195 million people were killed by such disasters or needed emergency aid; there were 1.5 billion such victims in the past five years....   [tags: Papers] 1011 words
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Exploring the Validity of the Statement that the Eruption of Thera Caused the Downfall of Minoan Crete - Minoan Crete was a civilization experiencing great social and economic prosperity during its zenith around the time known as Late Minoan 1 (LM 1) (Sheppard Baird 2009). However the Minoan population ended abruptly and seemingly simultaneously 430 years later, this left archaeologists and historians searching for the cause (Castleden 1990, 143). The main reason archaeologists are studying the reason for the downfall is because if a date was known, a more precise historical timescale could be produced that would give a more accurate chronology of ancient history during this time (Barber 1990, 221)....   [tags: Archeology Ancient History]
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How is This Going to Affect the Economy? - HOW IS THIS GOING TO AFFECT THE ECONOMY. On March 11 at 2:46 p.m., JST a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake occurred near the northeastern coast of Japan, creating extremely destructive tsunami waves, which hit Japan just minutes after the earthquake, triggering evacuations and warnings across the Pacific Ocean. The earthquake and tsunami have caused extensive and severe damage in Northeastern Japan, leaving thousands of people confirmed dead, injured, or missing, and millions more affected by the lack of electricity, water, and transportation....   [tags: Economics ]
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Bermuda Triangle as a Mythical Geographic Area - Bermuda Triangle as a Mythical Geographic Area The Bermuda triangle is a mythical geographic area. It is believed to extend from the tip of Florida to Bermuda and to Puerto Rico. Over 100 planes and ships have disappeared in the last century. There are many theories about what might cause the disappearances of theses ships and planes. Scientist have come to believe that the most possible theory has something to do with the climate change such as tsunamis, hurricanes or waterspouts. The other theory is that the compasses point to the True North and not the Magnetic North....   [tags: Bermuda Triangle Geography Essays]
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Avoiding Natural Disasters - Avoiding Natural Disasters Natural disasters kill more people on a global scale than wars. According to the United Nations, in the last decade alone, natural disasters have caused the deaths of more than a million people, affected 1.8 billion people in terms of loss of health, homes and livelihoods, and cost $685 billion in economic and structural damage. It is virtually impossible to prevent natural disasters such as hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes and tsunamis....   [tags: Papers] 1028 words
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The Messina Earthquake of 1908 - Earthquakes have been recorded throughout history for thousands of years. Even before seismographs in early times, there are records and accounts of mysterious ground shaking. Earthquakes occur when rocks break along an underground fault (UPSeis, 2007). This, in return, causes vibrations through the earth which causes ground shaking. The magnitude of the shaking varies depending on how great the movement along the fault is; the greater the movement, the bigger the earthquake. Some earthquakes are huge and cause significant damage, while others are small and cause little or no damage what-so-ever....   [tags: Earthquakes]
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Reasons for the Collapse of the Minoan Civilization at the End of the Bronze Age - No one can say for sure how the Minoan civilization came to an end – but a number of theories have eventuated from evidence at sites on Crete, Thera and other places in the world. I believe that a mix of natural disaster, social and political upheaval and ultimately invasion are what brought about the collapse of the Minoan Civilization. Firstly, I believe the eruption of Santorini was more powerful than first estimated, due to the presence of a shallow sea inside the Theran crater, with the volcano situated in the centre of that sea....   [tags: world history]
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Effects of the Great Kanto Earthquake in Japanese History - The Great Kanto Earthquake also known as the Tokyo-Yokohama Earthquake of 1923 hit the metropolitan area of Kanto on September 1st, 1923 around 11:58 pm. It was a 7.9 on the Richter magnitude scale, killing over one-hundred and forty thousand people due to its high magnitude and the time it happened. The earthquake struck around lunch time, when many Japanese people were at home cooking at their charcoal or gas fueled stoves. At the moment the earthquake hit, it knocked down buildings that caught flames from the stoves that fell over, enflaming the city....   [tags: Tokyo-Yokohama Earthquake, Kanto]
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The Cold War: A Gamble of the Ages - ... and Britain had been caught up with their post-war economies, and grateful for the U.S.S.R.’s helpful role in ending World War II. In 1949, the U.S. was shocked when the U.S.S.R. was able to successfully reproduce a nuclear missile, when, the U.S. had been carefully guarding the plans for the missiles. The missiles continued to improve when, in January of 1950 a German theoretical physicist named Klaus Fuchs was discovered giving key plans to the U.S.S.R. Fuchs disclosed his associates and was sentenced to 14 years in prison along with being stripped of his citizenship in Britain....   [tags: life and death gambling, iron curtain speech]
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2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake - ... Japan is where there are lots of earthquakes but their buildings don’t collapse. Japanese pagodas are five stories. The pagodas are held up by a central pillar acting as the support. During earthquake’s, each floor balances independently without transmitting force to other floors. There are other ways to improve buildings to reduce the impact of earthquakes. In some Japanese buildings, there’s a base isolation built. The “Base Isolation” is a system that is made of steel disks. These steel disks are made of soft materials to soften the transmission of seismic movement from the ground to the building and reduce the effect caused by the earthquake such as the ground shaking....   [tags: earthquake, indian ocean, convection current]
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Fukushima Daiichi: Is It Worth it? - The world needs to be powered. And the ever- present question in today’s world is how to get the power we need. There have been many solutions to this need for power. One of the most revolutionary was nuclear energy. Nuclear energy is created when In 2011, a tragedy struck. On March 11, 2011, an earthquake struck. Measuring at an 8.9 on the Richter scale, it was the largest earthquake in history. This earthquake was off the eastern shore of Japan, and caused a 15 meter tsunami to wash over the city of Fukushima, killing 19,000 people there....   [tags: nuclear energy, earthquake, japan]
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Issues of Tempo and Mode in Evolution - There are many ways to explain how Earth and everything else came to be. Such as, Uniformitarianism, Catastrophism, Gradualism, and Punctuated Equilibrium. Generally, Uniformitarianism and Catastrophism are grouped together while Punctuated Equilibrium and Gradualism are grouped together separately from Uniformitarianism and Catastrophism. Gradualism and Punctuated Equilibrium are usually looked at through a biblical stand point rather than how Uniformitarianism and Catastrophism are looked at from the opposite view....   [tags: Evolution]
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Tambora: The Mother of All Eruptions - On April 10, 1816, the most powerful volcanic explosion in recorded history occurred. The volcano was Mt. Tambora in the Sumbawa Islands in Indonesia. The explosion measured a 7 on the volcanic explosivity index. The explosion could be heard for thousands of miles. Smaller explosions and eruptions occurred before and after the initial giant explosion. Over 71,000 people were killed. Approximately 12,000 deaths resulted directly from the explosion. The other deaths resulted from contamination of the water by volcanic ash and sulfur....   [tags: Geography ]
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The Problem with Evil in Religion - The problem of evil is widely considered as the most detrimental problem to the monotheist. It is also the primary objection to the overall existence of God. The problem is very easy to comprehend: If God is an all-perfect, all-knowing, all-powerful deity then why do we live in a world with any imperfection or negativity at all. Why do bad things happen at all. Especially to the good people in the world and the millions of innocent people who suffer on a daily basis. Gottfreid Leibniz was a philosopher, who took aim at the problem and wished to point out that the existence of evil and God are compatible of evil and and the typical logic is: (1) if God was an all-powerful, all-knowing and all...   [tags: Evil and God] 1266 words
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